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High Speed Rail (HS2)

Government has confirmed the route through Derbyshire for HS2 – the high speed rail route which will be built to link London to the north.

Currently high speed trains run from London St Pancras to Kent connecting to the Channel Tunnel and Europe. This is known as HS1.

HS2 is about providing more capacity to meet the growth in longer distance rail travel. It means faster trains linking the capital to the north, from London through to the West Midlands before the line branches west to Manchester and east to Leeds.

Experts predict the building of the HS2 route will create thousands of local jobs as well as significantly speeding up journey times and freeing up space for passengers wanting to travel on existing rail networks.

What HS2 means for Derbyshire

The route through Derbyshire is part of a Y-shaped route known as Phase 2b. The route is split into an eastern and a western leg with the western leg running from Crewe to Manchester and the eastern leg running from Birmingham to Leeds. A section of the Birmingham to Leeds leg of the route runs through Derbyshire.

Construction of the Derbyshire section of the route is expected to start in the mid-2020s with the line through the county starting to carry passengers around 2033.

In principle, we support plans for HS2 because it will help the local economy, bring more jobs to Derbyshire and provide opportunities for local businesses to expand. But we are also supporting the interests of local people who could be adversely affected by the rail line.

Following public consultation, the government revised its ‘preferred route’ to include:

  • Opportunities for passengers to get on and off high-speed services at Chesterfield station by diverting some trains on to existing lines as they head towards Sheffield.
  • A new spur line from Hilcote to Stonebroom near Clay Cross linking to existing track to allow trains designed to run both on high speed and existing lines to travel to Chesterfield. The spur would include a flyover junction with the main route. This will also involve installing overhead power lines on the existing rail line from Clay Cross north.
  • An elevated line through Long Eaton.
  • A new and longer route to the Staveley Maintenance Depot which will serve the Birmingham to Leeds section bringing up to 800 jobs.

We have consistently pressed HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to minimise the disruption and harmful effects on communities and people's homes - both during construction and after the line has opened. And we’ll continue to push for the best possible outcome for Derbyshire residents, businesses and others along the route with any harmful effects reduced, mitigated.

The main track will pass near to, or through:

  • Long Eaton
  • Sandiacre
  • Pinxton
  • McArthur Glen East Midlands Designer Outlet
  • Hilcote
  • Tibshelf
  • Hardstoft
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Stainsby
  • Heath
  • Doe Lea
  • Sutton Scarsdale
  • Carr Vale
  • New Bolsover
  • Shuttlewood
  • Barlborough

The new spur line from Hilcote would pass near to or through:

  • Blackwell
  • Newton
  • Stonebroom

Some work will also be needed on the existing track between Stonebroom and Danesmoor.

The proposed spur line to the maintenance depot will pass through or close to Woodthorpe, Poolsbrook and Staveley.

View the phase 2b route map: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham.

Read the government’s HS2 route decision.


HS2 is currently holding 2 consultations on the Phase b route.

The working draft environmental statement

This describes the likely environmental effects of building and operating Phase b of HS2, as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.

The working draft equality impact assessment report

This considers the potential effects of building and operating the railway on groups protected by the Equality Act 2010.

You can take read all the relevant documents and take part in the consultations on the HS2 website.

The government is also holding an open consultation on the working draft Environmental Statement for HS2 Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds).

HS2 Ltd is holding some public information events to support the consultation. Local people can talk to members of the HS2 team, ask questions and find out more about HS2 in their area.

An event is due to be held at:

  • West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton on Friday 7 December from 2pm to 8pm

Please check the HS2 events section for any changes to these arrangements before you travel.

Copies of the consultation documents are available at libraries in Chesterfield and Dronfield.

HS2 will continue to develop more detailed plans for the scheme and the council expects to be involved in some of the decisions that affect local people - for example, the design of bridges crossing local roads, the impact on footpaths and greenways, and the routes to be used by construction traffic.

The design work will continue until about 2020 when the government is expected to publish its Hybrid Bill. This is the legislation that will provide the necessary authority to buy the land and construct the new railway. If this is approved by parliament, construction will start as early as 2023 and the line will open around 2033.

Reports on HS2 – including our response to the government’s last consultation about the scheme – are attached to this page.

You can find out more about find out more about HS2 on the GOV.UK website. It includes plans and compensation schemes for people whose homes are affected.